If life were like the movies, we would expect the following outcomes:
* The ventilation system of any building would be the perfect hiding place.
* The Eiffel Tower could be seen from any window in Paris.
* A man would show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but would wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
* Persons knocked unconscious by a blow to the head would never suffer a concussion or brain damage.
* Any lock could be picked in seconds using a credit card or a paper clip–unless it’s to the door to a burning building with a child trapped inside.
* All bombs would be fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they will go off.
* It would not be necessary to say hello or good-bye when beginning or ending phone conversations.
* Any person waking from a nightmare would sit bolt upright and pant.
* It would not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts; your enemies will patiently wait to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.
However, life doesn’t play by the same rules as the movies. There are all kinds of unexpected, non-cliché turns in real life. For that reason, we must continually seek after and grow in wisdom–the kind God gives us.
How can we gain heavenly wisdom and shun earthly wisdom? (James 3:13-18) First and foremost, we must gain a healthy and holy fear of the Lord. Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”
Additionally, gaining wisdom comes through our study of and obedience to the Word of God. Psalm 111:10 goes on to say, “A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” There is no way to gain the wisdom of God without the Word of God.
A third key to gaining wisdom is found in a person’s prayer life. James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” God said He would give wisdom to those who ask. Prayer is spending time with God. The truth is, we usually become like those we spend the most time with.
A fourth key to gaining wisdom is found in soul winning. I know that many believe this is an antiquated term. Some even believe that the term “soul winning” indicates a misguided theology. The Bible simply states, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30) In 37 years as a Christian, I have met many Christians who did not possess, nor were they growing in wisdom. In all that time, I have never met a soul winner who was not wise. Soul winners possess insights that the average “pew sitter” knows nothing of.
We live in a day that is perilous; a day that demands wisdom. Get wisdom. Don’t be a survivor in these last days, be a thriver!